Wednesday, September 11, 2013

09-11-13 jive

Good evening, it's Wednesday, September 11th.  This is the Jive at Five - our daily community calendar and rundown of night time programming here on 88.1 FM WESU Middletown, your station for NPR, Pacifica, independent and local public affairs by day and the best in free-form community programming week nights and weekends. Thanks for tuning in, I'm Ben Michael.

Here’s a rundown of some of what’s happening in our area this week. Afterwards I will let you know what to expect on air tonight on WESU, as we kick off day 3 of our Fall program season!

Here in Middletown tonight at 8pm, there will be a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa at Wesleyan’s Russell House, to celebrate the release of a limited edition of  the Art Book "Love in the Time of War," designed and produced by Middletown's own Robin Price. 

Tomorrow and Friday eveningDoug Varone and Dancers: will perform "Stripped/Dressed" featuring "Rise" and "Carrugi" at Wesleyan’s CFA Hall at 08:00 PM. There will be a Pre-Performance at 7:30 prior to the Thursday evening performance.

Saturday morning from 10 - 11:00 AM, Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start in Wesleyan’s World Music Hall. Sunday, afternoon   at 3:00 PM, Music at The Russell House: features Chai-lun Yueh, the baritone vocalist, performing 17th and 18th century Italian songs and arias with piano accompaniment.

Tonight, the Mattabesset Canoe Club at Harbor Park in Middletown offers their weekly Irish Session. Thursday the canoe club presents a weekly jazz series. Then Friday, you can catch some live blues. for details.

Down in New Haven at Cafe Nine tonight, the Majical Cloudz concert has been cancelled but instead you can enjoy a free night of folk and solo music with Circle//Circle, Michael Kusek, and Jacket Thor at The Nine. Thursday night Run Boy Run and The Seth AdamTrio share a bill.    Then on Friday, Manic Productions Presents “Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion” plus “The Melodic” and “Frank Critelli”. Café Nine’s Saturday Afternoon Jazz Jam will hosted by Gary Grippo and Friends and Saturday night The Manchurians, The Downbeat 5, and Big Fat Combo make for a night of CT rocking rhythm and blues on the Café nine Stage.  Drink Deeply invites you to Swap vinyl with friends and strangers at Café Nine during their Record Swap from 11am-5pm!

At Blackeyed Sally's in Hartford tonight, the long running weekly Blues Jam will be hosted by Ed Bradley. Friday, Biscuit Miller & the Mix take the Sally’s stage for a night of funk soudl and Rock and Roll. Saturday brings an evening of blues and roots rock and roll with John Fries & The Heat . www.blackeyedsally’s for details. 

Tonight can catch an Evening Oasis belly dance display at the Buttonwood Tree here in Middletown. Thursday night’s Writers Out Loud literary prose open mic at the Buttonwood is hosted Cocomo Rock & Al Bower, Jr. Saturday morning at the Buttonwood starts at 7:30 with Tai Chi and Qigong followed by community Yoga, and self empowerment workshops.     Saturday evening, the Jazz group Nilsson/Fonda/Nilsson  celebrates the release of their new CD, “Powers”. The group features composer, bassist, and recording artist, Joe Fonda alongside Swedish brothers – Anders and Peter Nilsson. On Sundays, Food Not Bombs serves food outside the Buttonwood Tree all are welcome for the meal and to help prepare the meal beforehand at 11:30 a.m. at the First Church of Christon Court Street. for more info. 

Manic Productions presents Born Cages, Lion's Teeth, and  All In Blind at “Bar” in New Haven tonight. Thursday night Manic presents Pinback and Death fix at the Spaceland Ballroom with a pre show featuring Ovlov in The Outerspace at 7:30. Friday night Manic presents “The Stepkids” and “Mad Satta” in the Spaceland Ballroom as well as a bill featuring O’brother, Native, Daylight, and Old Gray Saturday night at the Space.

Wesleyan Professor Sarah K. Croucher will talk about Middletown’s Beman Triangle archaeology project on Thursday, at 7pm at Russell Library. The Veterans writing group will also meet at 7pm at the library. The monthly Friends of Russell Library Book Sale happens at noon on Friday and The Russell Writers gather this Saturday at 9am.

The Riverwood Poetry Series, continues on the Second Thursdays each month through November
in The Music Room @ Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford. Tomorrow’s program features Sean Thomas Dougherty from Pennsylvania.
This Saturday, Middletown Gospel Fest! features local Gospel groups and a special appearance by “The Believers” plus food, a community resource booth, and free “gently-used” clothing on Middletown’s South Green / Union Park.  Free Admission - All are Welcome! Noon to 6 p.m.

Several farmers' markets in our area are still in full swing. In Middletown, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Halloween, there's a longstanding farmer’s market on the South Green. Through October 25th, on Fridays, in Middletown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The North End Farmers Market happens in the parking lot of It's Only Natural Market on Main St., near the intersection of Liberty St. from

In Durham, the farmers' market is on Thursdays, on the town green through September 12. In Cromwell, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., the farmers' market is at Covenant Village through September 26 with live entertainment weekly from 4-5pm.  Through October 25th, in Higganum, there’s a market on Fridays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m on the town green. In East Haddam, there's a farmers' market from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the town grange on Town Street through October 2nd. Learn about farmers' markets all over the state by going to

Now here's a rundown of cinema off the beaten track in Central Connecticut:

Through tomorrow night,  Real Art Ways in Hartford continues their run of Ain’t in it for My Health: A Film about Levon Helm. Also on the Real Art Ways screen through Thursday is: Ain’t them Bodies Saints, a romantic American story set in 1970s Texas Hill country. Opening Friday is: Computer Chess, about a group of software programmers who organize a chess tournament and lay the groundwork for artificial intelligence in the early days of personal computing.  The late night shows this weekend feature:  Rob Reiner’s Mocumentary, This is Spinal Tap. for details.

Tonight, Cinestudio, The Trinity College cinema in Hartford, begins a run of (Wesleyan Alumn) Joss Whedon’s film adaptation of the Shakespeare Classic Much Ado About Nothing. for for information

And now let’s take a look at tonight’s programming as we kick off day 3 of our new Fall Program Season on WESU Middletown.

Right after the Jive at Five stay tuned for: Explorers’ Hour with Pickup Sticks, Inviting you to  Venture into the infinity of the unknown via a synthesis of science, spoken word, and a lot of popular music.
At 6pm each weekday Free Speech Radio News offers a  daily dose of alternative international news and reporting from the Pacifica Network.

At  it’s Fusion Radio with James Fusion for 90 minutes of techno from around the globe mixed live.
Mike Nyce slows it down a few Beats per minute on The Warehouse, another live DJ mix this time featuring  underground house music.
At 9:30 it’s N.E. Tempo with DJ Berk for some Serious turntablism - Dubstep, DnB, techno, ragga jungle, breakbeats mixed live.
11pm-12:30am  MidniteMunchiez with DJ Gus Lo brings you  Below Ground Street music your ears have been craving.
From 12:30-2am The Chill Factory with Noah G. and DJ So Fresh So Clean presents quality hip hop analysis and dissection invariably favoring and promoting music which provides the best human interpretation for the Platonic form of "chill."
From 2-3am  Amalgamation with DJ Symphonia   is a “cross-genre” music show that focuses on artists who utilize elements from different genres to create different and often unique music.
From 3-4am
Late Night Concert Series  Features  live recordings of concerts in their entirety from a wide range of musical genres.

The BBC kicks on at 4, followed by NPR's Morning Edition at 5.

That’s all for today’s Jive at Five, if you didn’t get a chance to write down some of the information mentioned in our community calendar, the script is published online at

Thanks for listening! Now stay tuned for Wild Wild Live with Rachie and Hibiki (sounds like> hee bee kee)

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